M.A. in Digital Media

Produce your digital dreams. Become a Digital Media master.

Today’s highly competitive digital production marketplace requires artists and entrepreneurs to command a wide range of skills, technology, and business savvy. It’s not enough to be good at one specialization, have the latest equipment, or just have a desire to work in this industry.

What the marketplace demands now are well-rounded professionals with the experience and ability to balance artistic vision, commercial demands, and production realities – while managing clients, contractors, and freelancers and delivering high-quality campaigns, on time and on budget.

The fully online Master of Arts in Digital Media from Concordia College-New York is the ideal program for both experienced and emerging digital media professionals who want to sharpen their technical abilities and broaden their business knowledge without compromising their artistic standards. Our career-focused curriculum is designed specifically for working professionals: Apply what you learn in class to your current job, improve your skills, and broaden your portfolio, all before you graduate!

The 30-credit, 20-month Digital Media M.A. emerges from the visionary guidance of Kit Fitzgerald, who also founded and leads Concordia New York’s well-regarded New Media Communications & Digital Production undergraduate program.

Graduate students will benefit from Kit Fitzgerald’s authorship of the curriculum, which is deeply informed by her experience in the New York digital arts scene. Her work as a video artist has been presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the New York Film Festival, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as international museums and cultural centers.

She’s perhaps best known in the art world for her works that combine what she terms the “cool, electronic art of video and the warmer, naturalist arts of painting and music,” in collaboration with musicians including Peter Gordon, Max Roach, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

As a member of the Directors Guild of America, Fitzgerald worked in television for Public Broadcasting, WNET, and Bloomberg Business News. She was also a fellow of the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women and has received numerous grants and commissions.

Prospective students should be aware this is a competitive program, and application doesn’t guarantee admission. Candidates in the Digital Media M.A. program are required to submit a portfolio of professional digital work or independently produced pieces. We are looking for your strongest work – examples that best represent your aesthetic, your technical abilities, your accomplishments, and your ambitions.

If you’re ready for the challenge, our Digital Media master’s program can help you produce your future.

The Next Start Date is October 23rd

Digital Media Program Goals

In addition to meeting all the requirements for the M.A. in Digital Media degree program, successful candidates will:

  • Be exposed to and apprised of aesthetic, social, ethical, and technical issues in digital media
  • Gain a broader understanding of media from a global perspective
  • Develop technical and aesthetic proficiencies in digital media
  • Create new models of socially and ethically-minded media
  • Experience connections with professional resources in the field
 

Course Descriptions

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Digital Media Program Course Descriptions

Concordia College-New York’s Master of Arts in Digital Media is a 30 credit-hour degree program that can be completed fully online in 20 months. Each course is eight weeks in length. Please note the assignments in this curriculum require specific types of software and production equipment (see full list), and a high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended.

The graduate Digital Media curriculum is offered in the following sequence of classes, concluding with a two-course capstone project and thesis (NMC 621 and NMC 622) in which students develop original digital media projects that will be showcased for analysis and critique:

M.A. in Digital Media
30 credits
NMC 531 (3)
Introduction to Digital Media
This course provides an analysis of the tools and technologies used to create digital media. Technologies are introduced, and their roles in how we create, disseminate and share media are explained. Emerging trends, ethical challenges and business models are considered. Essential vocabulary and tools are presented alongside opportunities to create and assess digital content. This course provides students with a foundation in tools and techniques used to publish digital content.
NMC 532 (3)
Digital Video Production
This course provides instruction in recording and editing digital video and explores digital video as a creative tool. Topics include production approaches, location shooting, studio production, lighting, sound, and editing. Students gain critical skills and theoretical knowledge through viewing and discussing key films and writings. Students complete three projects, culminating in a production of a short digital video.
NMC 533 (3)
Digital Media Marketing
Marketing practices have altered dramatically with the rise of social media and proliferation of mobile devices, platforms, and applications. Through a combination of case studies, best practice examples, and exercises, students will learn best practices and examples of social media marketing. This course examines strategic thinking, planning, organization, and implementation of social media marketing. The student will acquire fundamental skills and a working knowledge of digital media marketing strategy.
NMC 534 (3)
Graphic Design for Digital Media
In this class, students learn digital design fundamentals and discover what makes an effective graphic for digital media. Through hands-on class projects, students strengthen design communication skills and develop a style and competency while moving from concept to finished product. Students gain a working knowledge of industry standard software used for print, Web, animation, presentation, video production, and enhancement of traditional and digital photography. Students build on skills learned in introduction to Digital Media.
NMC 541 (3)
Interactive Multimedia
This course explores theory and practice of Interactive Multimedia. The course will focus on developing interactive experiences that are functional and engaging. Students will learn the fundamentals of interactive multimedia production from inception through completion, and will discuss not only the specifics on how to design interactive properties, but the strategies concerning how to make them work well from a marketing and user experience standpoint. This will be approached through the study of theory, design, usability, technique, and entertainment. Through a mixture of reading, writing and hands-on assignments, the students will develop a complete interactive multimedia finished project.
NMC 542 (3)
Principles of Game Design
This course addresses the fundamental principles of video game design. Students will examine best practices for game design, including key components of games, game concepts and worlds, storytelling and character development, and the role of the user interface in the gaming experience. Students develop an understanding of game theory and critique games across genres.
NMC 544 (3)
Psychology of Media
Media creates far-reaching cultural, political, and economic implications for society and the individual. This course examines the influence of media on psychological processes. Students will explore the impact of media on perception and learning, on self-concept and social and cultural norms, and communication. Through lectures, class discussions, and assignments, students will develop an understanding of the media landscape and its role in the development of self.
NMC 543 (3)
Documentary Production
This course is an introduction to documentary film and video and to the cinematic and digital language that is central in our culture. Students produce short documentary movies, through guided phases of research, pre-production, and post-production. Students work individually and in groups to learn to develop their own concept, research a subject, interview subjects, and create visual and conceptual coherence. Skills in location scouting, lighting, shooting, editing, recording sound are taught. The course also presents an historical survey of the documentary film, addressing critical, theoretical, and ethical concerns in the production of nonfiction film.
NMC 621 (3)
Capstone Project and Thesis: Design and Draft
Capstone Project and Thesis: Design and Draft is the first of a two-part course sequence designed to demonstrate a student’s synthesis of knowledge and skills gained in the Digital Media Program. In this course students create a draft of both digital production and accompanying thesis. Production will demonstrate exemplary craft, execution, and presentation in any area of study within Digital Media. The thesis will defend the aesthetic direction of the work, and describe how research, skill acquisition and process are combined in the development of the Capstone Project. The project is student-driven and requires regular work-in-progress screenings and blog writing.
NMC 622 (3)
Capstone Project and Thesis: Completion and Delivery
Capstone Project and Thesis: Completion and Delivery is the second of a two-part course sequence designed to demonstrate a student’s synthesis of knowledge and skills gained in the Digital Media Program. In this course students produce the final version of both a digital production and accompanying written thesis. The production demonstrates exemplary craft, execution, and presentation in an area of study within Digital Media. The written thesis defends the aesthetic direction of the work, and describes how research, skill acquisition and process combine in the development of the Capstone Project. This course is built upon individual mentoring and culminates in the completion and delivery of the final project and thesis. Prerequisite: NMC 621 Capstone Project and Thesis: Design and Draft
 

Career Opportunities

The following are just a few of the unique career opportunities possible with an M.A. in Digital Media degree available online through Concordia College-New York:

Corporate and Entrepreneurial Sectors

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Social Media Marketing Strategist
  • Web Designer
  • Animator
  • Digital Artist
  • Digital Media Supervisor

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